Roger Federer confirms he will play at Paris Masters

Roger Federer has confirmed his participation at this year’s Paris Masters after a three-year absence.

Federer’s only victory in Bercy came in 2011, but he has the chance of recording a historic 100th tournament win of his career in the French capital after winning the Swiss Indoors in Basel for a ninth time last weekend.

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The world No 3 will play the winner of the tie between France’s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Milos Raonic of Canada on Wednesday after receiving a bye in the first round.

Federer’s Paris Masters draw:

On his last appearance in 2015, Federer was knocked-out by American John Isner in the last 16, but the 37-year-old feels that he has recovered well enough to take his place in the draw.

“I prefer playing to training as long as I don’t take any risks ahead of the London (ATP) Finals, (November 11-18),” Federer said.

“I feel like I’ve recovered well after last week. I feel good today (Tuesday).”

Meanwhile, Novak Djokovic, who is aiming to wrestle back the No 1 ranking from Rafael Nadal, opens his campaign against world No 48 Joao Sousa of Portugal later on Tuesday.

The Serb arrives in Paris on an 18-match winning run after triumphs in Cincinnati, US Open and Shanghai.

The Spaniard is returning to action for the first time since hobbling out of the semi-finals in New York and must match Djokovic’s result in France to remain in top spot.

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French hopes of success were dented when Pierre-Hugues Herbert, Jeremy Chardy and Benoit Paire were all knocked-out in the first round.

Herbert was beaten by Kazakhstan’s Mikail Kukushkin in three sets 3-6 6-3 7-5 while Jeremy Chardy lost 6-4 6-4 to Spain’s Fernando Verdasco.

The 56th-ranked Paire made the opening round through the qualifiers but lost 6-4 6-4 to Hungary’s Marton Fucsovics.

Greek 14th seed Stefanos Tsitsipas suffered a surprise 6-3 6-3 defeat at the hands of Bosnian star Damir Dzumhur.

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